After Roseanne Barr’s racist tirade aimed at Valerie Jarrett, the former White House staffer applauded ABC on Tuesday for nixing her series and called the tweets a “teaching moment.”
Jarrett, who served as a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, addressed the since-deleted social media posts that prompted the network to ax the star’s contentious “Roseanne” revival.
“I’m fine,” Jarrett began, during a pre-taped town hall meeting on MSNBC.
“I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense,” she said. “The person who’s walking down the street, minding their own business, and they see somebody cling to their purse or walk across the street.”
She revealed Disney CEO Bob Iger, who owns ABC, called her ahead of the announcement to cancel Barr’s program and apologize. He told Jarrett he had “zero tolerance for that sort of racist, bigoted comment.”
The cable network’s town hall was to address “Everyday Racism in America” with hosts Joy Reid and Chris Hayes.
Jarrett did not mention Barr by name during the broadcast, which was recorded at 4 p.m.
She placed the brunt of the blame on the White House for allowing racism to flourish.
“The tone does start up at the top, and we like to look up to our President and feel as though he reflects the values of our country,” Jarrett said, sitting alongside Rev. Al Sharpton.
Sharpton, however, said the Trump era has only emboldened people like Barr.
“I also think every individual citizen has a responsibility too,” Jarrett added. “It’s up to all of us to push back. Our government is only going to be as good as we make it. As the reverend taught me, people on the inside have to push hard and people on the outside have to listen.”
Barr on Monday night disparaged 61-year-old Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes” and later deleted the tweet.